The back half of October saw the Jacksonville Icemen bolster their lineup with three signings in defensemen Luke Shiplo along with forwards Craig Martin and Ara Nazarian. All three have agreed to terms on standard player contracts for the upcoming season. Shiplo and Martin re-signed after strong rookie campaigns in 2019-20. Nazarian, however, was brought over in a trade from Adirondack.
Shiplo, from Oakville, Ontario, played 40 games with the Icemen last season. In doing so during his rookie season, Shiplo amassed 20 points, scoring only three goals along with 17 assists. Prior to his pro career, the 5’10, 175-pound Canadian spent four seasons playing with the Quinnipiac Bobcats. He did so with teammate Craig Martin, and in 2016, captured an ECAC title.
Martin, from Trail, B.C., had an almost identical track to Jacksonville as Shiplo. Both players started their pro careers elsewhere in the ECHL, but were traded early in the season to the Icemen and have found success ever since. The 25-year-old, left-handed forward played 41 games, tallying 21 points, which he managed to do on seven goals and 14 assists.
The Icemen weren’t done for the month and got on the phone with the Adirondack Thunder and made a move for second year forward Ara Nazarian. In exchange, the Adirondack Thunder acquired the contract rights to forward Chase Lang. The 24-year-old American centreman had 32 points last year in his rookie season, scoring 12 goals along with 20 assists.
Skating in 54 games, Nazarian recorded 32 points, including a four-point night against the Icemen back in February. Nazarian, a left-handed shooter, played collegiate hockey with the New Hampshire Wildcats, less than an hour drive from his home in Boxford, Massachusetts.
Martin and Narazian join forwards Abbott Girduckis, Adam Dauda, Brendan Warren, Cameron Critchlow, Ian McKinnon, Nathan Perkovich and Wacey Rabbit. Shiplo joins defensemen Dalton Thrower, Jacob Cederholm, Kevin McKernan and Jarod Hilderman.
The Icemen are one of 13 teams who will be returning to play on December 11th. Training camps can open up as early as Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.), so we can anticipate camps opening their doors following Monday, the 30th of November.